As the One World: Together At Home festival created by Lady Gaga with the help of the World Health Organization and Global Citizen took place on almost all platforms Saturday, Babyface and Teddy Riley took to Instagram Live for a battle of their respective catalogs. As part of the Versuz series hosted by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, battles from some of the music industry’s best have taken place over the past month, with the most recent one happening between RZA and DJ Premier.
Going up to bat against each other Saturday night, Babyface and Riley’s battle was originally supposed to take place on April 12 but was delayed as a result of Babyface’s coronavirus diagnosis. With both parties showing up to the battle as planned Saturday, viewers quickly realized that the only thing that went as planned was the battle itself happening.
Behind the scenes at Teddy Riley’s place…yooooooooo, he had a whole camera crew!!! 😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/O8IC0nbc2v
— DJ Heat (@DJHeatDC) April 19, 2020
With more than 400,000 viewers watching, Babyface and Teddy’s battle was soon riddled by audio issues.
“Doing too much,” as Swizz Beatz later said, compared to other Versuz battles. Teddy opted for an elaborate concert-like set up in his home. Unfortunately, the set up brought nothing but bothersome echoing among other issues. Through failed attempts at troubleshooting, the battle was eventually called off after an hour, hopefully to be rescheduled a second time.
Initial excitement for the battle from fans turned into sheer frustration at the absolute mess. Those who watched the battle fall apart right before their eyes shared their comical reactions on Twitter. Check out some reaction to the battle below.
Teddy Riley ignoring everybody comments about the sound pic.twitter.com/Ky6IUORIaW
— IG: HazeyTey (@HazeyTey) April 19, 2020
"Yall, just sign back on in 30 minutes"
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 19, 2020
Babyface’s studio vs Teddy Riley’s studio tonight. pic.twitter.com/tyV0aPbbaU
— Huskegee Airman (@JLBarrow) April 19, 2020
The vibe we expected to be on for this Teddy Riley & Babyface Live vs. what we were given pic.twitter.com/LK5ue436tj
— Karla Rodriguez (@ohkarli_) April 19, 2020
Teddy on his IG: Due to technical difficulties, we wanna do this thing again.
— Ten Thutty (@thenotoryousone) April 19, 2020
Babyface when Teddy Riley calls to set a new date be like: pic.twitter.com/BlEgfa9CQ0
— Alejandro Guerra (@Cinephile420) April 19, 2020
Us: TEDDY, NO SOUND
His mic : ……….
Teddy’s crew: …….
Babyface: Teddy. Teddy. Teddy.
Teddy: #VERZUZ pic.twitter.com/RY3yXUyQEA
— Joanna Bradmore’s Niece ❤️ (@SayChanteChante) April 19, 2020
Us: Babyface vs. Teddy Riley gonna be lit
Teddy Riley: pic.twitter.com/f6iDI9KTCP
— Ira Madison III (@ira) April 19, 2020
I LOVE now Babyface subtlety told Teddy “I’m here by myself. You know, social distancing.” Meanwhile, Teddy and friends were acting like we not in the middle of a pandemic 😂😩 #BabyfacevsTeddyRiley pic.twitter.com/j56Po3nOKL
— 🏁Kelly Golden🏁 (@hdhollywood) April 19, 2020
A new date for the battle has not been revealed yet, but hopefully, the beauty of simplicity will be understood next time around.